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Guidelines and Resources for Healthy Sponsorship Programs

You’ve seen the images hanging on the wall in your church sanctuary, smiling out from social media squares, or attached with a brightly-colored magnet to your friend’s refrigerator:  the precious faces of children from around the world receiving support through a child sponsorship program. Perhaps your own heart was pricked by their sweet faces, and […]


Where Broken Roads Can Lead

Bishop Aaron Blake, a bi-vocational pastor and high school guidance counselor, arrived in family court for the first time regarding the case of one of his teenage foster sons.  He recalls, “One of my boy’s rights were being terminated – I didn’t know what that meant.”   He sat there through the morning waiting for the […]


Child Welfare in the Midst of the Pandemic

The American Enterprise Institute (AEI) hosted a web-based event for DC policymakers and leaders nationwide, Child Welfare in the Midst of the Pandemic.  The event offered a serious look at the impact of COVID response on children and child welfare systems across the country.  Presenters spotlighted a range of critical issues, from the projected spikes […]


Collateral Beauty of COVID-19: Gifts We May Have Missed

We’ve all experienced disruption and difficulty from COVID-19, some of it severe. But amidst it all, many gifts have also arrived unexpectedly — some of them despite, and some even because of the hard things. At the CAFO “Small Matters” gathering last month, one workshop speaker asked participants to share unanticipated hardships they’d faced due to […]


Anxious this Year? Little Choices Can Make a Difference (“Small Matters” Keynote)

I’ve felt the tug of anxiety this year more than ever in my life.  I don’t mean the sharp, clinical kind.  Rather, it’s more like a low-grade fever.  Sometimes the feeling fades to almost nothing.  Other days it threatens to color everything I see. Many, many friends have confessed similar feelings.  It’s as if anxiety […]


Groundbreaking Study on Adults Who Experienced Childhood Separation from Parents

This month, the CAFO Center on Applied Research for Vulnerable Children and Families is launching an expansive new research project on the unique experiences and special strengths of individuals who lived apart from parental care as children in any nation around the world — whether in residential care, foster care or otherwise.   A huge array […]